Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme

The Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme supports athletes to reach their goals in Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games disciplines. It is funded by Hampshire County Council and managed by us to support local athletes on their path to the world stage.

Our athletes are varied in their disciplines so we work closely with each National Governing Body (NGB) to make sure we’re giving the right support. We look at all sorts of factors to help us define this including national or international rankings, competition results for individuals or team selections. We aim to be as inclusive as possible. However, we can only provide for sports that have a clear pathway or are supported by an NGB.

Each year the support from HTAS has been consistent to develop athletes. It makes me proud to associate with Energise Me as a Hampshire athlete and represent my county and my country.

Chris Gregory, Beach Volleyball Athlete

Non-Grant Package

Please note: We have made the difficult decision to pause any new applications to the scheme at this time.  This is to allow Leisure Providers the opportunity to reopen their doors and manage current members in the first instance.  As and when we are able to make an approach about expanding the scheme to new members, we will let you know.

The non-grant packages can help you to access valuable skills and other vital services, including:

  • Free access to participating leisure centres to help make the most of training facilities
  • A fast-track physiotherapy service to help you bounce back quickly
  • Sport science support so you have access to the latest research and techniques
  • Sport psychology and lifestyle workshops for athletes, parents and coaches (e.g. Understanding Anxiety and Arousal, Performance Routines, Understanding the Adolescent Brain)
  • Help to get to grips with public speaking and presentation skills.

We usually accept applications for non-grant support throughout the year and we review them on the 1st and 15th of each month. Physiotherapy cover starts one month after your first application. Unfortunately, we can’t offer support for an existing injury and we can cover up to 6 appointments per injury.

To find out more about eligible sports and participating leisure providers take a look at the documents in the downloads section on this page.

Checking your location

Where you live might make a difference – you can apply for HTAS if you live in these boroughs or districts (check your council tax bill if you’re not sure):

  • Test Valley
  • Basingstoke and Deane
  • Hart
  • Rushmoor
  • East Hampshire
  • Havant
  • Gosport
  • Fareham
  • Eastleigh
  • Winchester
  • New Forest

If you live in a Unitary Authority (Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight), then a couple have their own services and the contacts below can help you go through the process.

Portsmouth – david.evans@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

Portsmouth Talented Athlete Access Scheme

Isle of Wight – elaine.tracey@IOW.gov.uk

Financial Assistance for Talented Young People in Sport

If you are an athlete based in Hampshire and from a family experiencing financial hardship then you might wish to apply for Talented Young People in Sport funding. This Hampshire County Council funded opportunity is available to athletes performing at county level and above.

We’re grateful to have the support of Southampton Solent University, University of Winchester, Stagecoach, Bluestar and all of our participating leisure providers who help make HTAS a platform for success.

Explore other sources of funding on our Funding and Support page.

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